7/7/08

They say if you teach a man to fish

you will feed him for a lifetime (versus giving him a fish and feeding him for a day, of course). So looking at our fast food lifestyles, having an abundance of food at our fingertips and dishes from any cuisine imaginable a phone call away, a television producer across the pond decided to take a group of overweight people put the age old proverb into practice. I stumbled upon Fat Men Can't Hunt this weekend on Discovery Health, a BBC show that took eight obese Brits and sent them off to live in the Kalahari desert about a year or so ago. They must embrace the lifestyle of the host tribe, only hunting, trapping or foraging for their food. While they are there, they are watched closely by a dietitian, who tells them whether or not they are hitting the necessary caloric intake for the day. But they didn't seem to give a rat's patootie about it from the episode I was watching. They were only looking at what was palatable to them and nothing more. They didn't care that they were offending the elder hosts by throwing away meat when they weren't looking because they didn't like the taste when it was so hard to come by or gagging over meals that were painstakingly prepared from hours of foraging. It's a stark difference from survivor shows where people fight tooth and nail and eat next to nothing to win a prize, where these people sat idly in the sun, complaining up and down about every little morsel and over every little step it took to GET every bite. I guess we take for granted the process it takes for that burger to reach our plate because last time I checked there wasn't a cow in my backyard. ...and I'm not mooing today. I'm sure I'll get comments and I'll freely admit NOW that if you put me in a desert I'd be cursing a blue streak too about how hard it was, but I wouldn't be throwing away food and offending the people who were keeping me alive and safe. I just have a low tolerance for people who abuse the words "can't", "won't" and refuse to TRY. Some of them give up, go home, etc. and live up to the "can't in the title. Well, sorry - I'm sure that there are "fat men" out there that CAN hunt, because they TRIED and didn't bitch and moan the whole time. But then, that wouldn't make for good tv, would it? Then it would just be Buckmasters and no one ever REALLY liked watching that.

7 comments:

MizFit said...

*runs and sets the TiVo*


M.

Espressomama said...

Not luck enough to have Discovery Health on a regular basis, but tried to watch an episode during a free preview. I had to stop watching for that exact reason. I couldn't believe it. I know I can be picky about food and food quality (particularly produce) but when push comes to shove and that is all there is to eat, I would definitely eat it (even if it was just to be polite). I wonder how they changed over the course of the year! All in all it is an intriguing experiment.

Jen said...

*laughs* I don't think it would be QUITE as entertaining if they just ate and didn't say a word about it!!!

I agree with that "can't" "won't" excuses, it's all bull (and not cow ;p)

Sara said...

Michael Pollan talks about that study in Defence of Food! The results are very interesting (and I think they eventually eat the food!).

I think that those of us lucky to live in the developed world are generally cry babies!! Most of us live a fairly easy life so whenever the going gets tough we really just want to get going!

Anonymous said...

I personally have low tolerance for people who cannot accept the "can't" word. I know from my past and current circumstances there are things I "can't" do because of the frame of mind I am in. It is very hard to make changes in oneself when you are not spiritually, mentally and physically 100%. It is not an excuse, it is a reality. When you yourself were overweight, you were incapable of doing something about it, but then, something changed within you, and you found the strength to do what was insurmountable for years. It came to you in your time, not someone else's. I have learned to allow people to be where they are in life and try very had not judge them based on my life. It has made my failings easier to accept and after all, I am only human as is the rest of us.
Mojo

marie said...

mojo - you would have wanted to throttle them. seriously.

dancer-in-me said...

First of all if you are a picky eater which sounds like what these people are, you don't do a show like that. They probably made sure they chose these kind of people for that purpose of entertainment. Hence, I would never do a show like that cause I am a picky eater, but I also wouldn't be disrepectful to them either. My gma did teach me manners!

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